Conclusion: The Sony Alpha A77 is a major leap forward for the company in DSLR design, features and image capabilities, finally putting Sony into the competitive mix with Canon and Nikon in the prosumer DSLR marketplace.
Pros: 24.3-megapixel APS-C sensor offers great resolution for a prosumer DSLR, Unique Sony translucent-mirror tech provides full-time phase-detect autofocus, Full-time live view by default, 12 frames-per-second capture rate, Fast autofocus, burst, shutter lag, shot-to-shot and continuous mode speeds, F...
Cons: Somewhat heavy for a prosumer DSLR, Uses an EVF instead of an optical viewfinder; EVF appears dim when used in bright light, Camera doesn't switch fast enough between the LCD viewfinder and EVF after viewfinder detects you're looking through it, leaving you in the dark for a brief moment, Images ...
Conclusion: The Sony Alpha 77 pumps out 24-megapixel stills at 10.3 frames per second and records 1080p60 video with continuous autofocus. Solid low-light performance, a sharp f/2.8 kit lens, a high-quality OLED EVF, and GPS capability round out the package.
Pros: Excellent kit lens. High-resolution sensor. Fast burst shooting. Good high ISO performance. 1080p60 video with autofocus. Crisp OLED EVF. GPS.
Cons: Recovery time needed after burst shooting. No optical viewfinder. Proprietary hot shoe.
Summary: At £1149 body only, the A77 is by no means a cheap piece of kit, but compared to its closest rivals, it works out at a similar price. When you look at what you get for your cash though, you’re not missing out – the A77 offers a wealth of features and, in most cases, either matches or betters both...
Pros: Ultra fast performance, Intuitive operation, class-topping specification
Cons: EVF not for everyone, slow start-up and relatively poor battery life
Summary: While other manufacturers incrementally improve on the traditional SLR format Sony has shown it's not afraid to innovate by introducing radical new designs into its line-up. The SLT-A77 takes the fixed mirror concept several steps towards becoming a compelling alternative to cameras with reflex...
Pros: Big, bright ultra high resolution EVF., 12fps burst mode with AF., 1080p60/50 movie mode., Continuous AF in movie modes ., High quality bright 16-50mm kit lens., 24 Megapixel sensor.
Cons: Limited exposure control at 12fps., Limited movie AF with Manual exposure., Poor menu layout and organisation., Poor battery life compared to a DSLR.
Summary: An impressive specification has certainly grabbed the attention here, and the Alpha 77 has been given more than a few tweaks over its predecessor. Sony has set the bar in several areas, not least of which is the inclusion of a high-resolution imaging sensor and superb LCD screen.
Summary: With its 12fps burst speed and 24.3MP sensor the Sony A77 packs quite a punch.
Pros: Fastest continuous shooting speed in its class, Excellent image quality, Generous range of HD movie recording options, Lots of useful features and customisation options, EVF is the best we've yet seen
Cons: EVF still not as good as a traditional viewfinder
Summary: The Sony SLT-A77 is the long-awaited replacement for the DSLR-A700, Sony’s previous ‘semi-pro’ DSLR. The A77, of course, isn’t actually a DSLR (Sony doesn’t make them any more), despite looking and handling very much like one.
Excerpt: The Sony Alpha range of Digital SLR / SLTs all feature built in "anti-shake" / Super steady shot sensors, as a continuation of the Konica Minolta DSLR heritage. The Anti-Shake / AS name was featured on Konica Minolta DSLRs, but canned in favour of Sony's SteadyShot INSIDE name.
Pros: Built in GPS, Extremely fast continuous shooting (12fps), Stunning OLED EVF (has to be seen to be believed), Excellent image quality, Excellent colour, Continuous focus during videos, AF Fine-tuning, Weather sealed magnesium alloy body, ISO50 available, Wide strap and printed manual included
Cons: Higher than expected PF/CA, 16-50mm kit lens increases price by roughly 50%, Non-standard flash hot-shoe